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The ACPA / NASPA Core Competencies were first established in 2010 after the ACPA - College Student Educators International and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education formed a joint task force in order "to establish a common set of professional competency areas for student affairs educators." Ten core compentencies were created to allow student affairs graduate students and professionals to track their personal and professional growth in the field and have a standard that can be followed by all. 


In the fall of 2014, a Professional Competencies Task Force was created by ACPA and NASPA in order to revisit and update the ten original competency areas. By July of 2015, a newly updated version of the professional competency areas for student affairs educators was ratified. None of the original ten competencies were eliminated. Instead, there was a consolidation of two competency areas, a renaming of two competency areas, and the addition of one new professional competency.


To learn more about the ACPA / NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators, follow this link to download the latest guide.

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